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Dangerous Weed Invades North DakotaPalmer amaranth

Palmer amaranth has been discovered in North Dakota. Considered to be the "most troublesome weed in the USA," this may be a serious weed threat to farmers and gardeners in our state. Get to know this weed and how to control it in gardens.
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Bumper Crop of CrabgrassCrabgrass growing on sidewalk

Crabgrass loves the heat. It has thrived over the past two summers and is everywhere now. Here's how to control it.                   
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Emerald Ash Borer AwarenessNo EAB

Emerald ash borer entered Michigan in the mid-1990s and has been spreading ever since. It has been found in Minnesota, Manitoba and South Dakota. Green ash is the most popular tree in North Dakota and is susceptible to this borer. The following articles focus on the pest and how to prevent its harmful impacts in North Dakota: Overview/BackgroundSigns/Symptoms; Firewood; Value/Cost; Diversity/Replacement Trees; Treatments; Summary/Reiteration.


Lost and Found: Heirloom Apples 'Duchess of Oldenburg' apples

Crisp, juicy apples have been enjoyed by families in America and Europe for centuries. Thousands of varieties have been grown over this time but only a few are sold at grocery stores today. Modern varieties are attractive and have a mild flavor that pleases the masses. That’s great, but we are missing the bold flavors of yesterday.
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Gold Rush Taylor's Sunburst lodgepole pine

Nurseries have discovered an amazing array of golden conifers. Some of these plants sparkle in spring, some in winter, and some all year round! These colorful conifers are one of the hottest trends in landscaping today.
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Should You Aerate Your Lawn?Core aeration

Almost all lawns will benefit from aeration, and a great lawn demands it. That said, most lawns do not need it. Learn the benefits of aeration, when to aeration, what machine to use, and additional lawn care tips.
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Handy Tech for Watering TreesWatering bag on tree

Many communities have started using watering bags to help their young trees cope with the drought. These communities have turned to this technology to reduce their labor costs while at the same time effectively irrigating trees.
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Conserving Water in Dry LandscapesDrought map for September 26, 2017

Here are some tips to care for your landscape during dry times. 
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Landscaping in Shady AreasShade garden

Make your garden glow in the shade! Layer different textures, forms, colors and height to create a sanctuary from the summer heat.
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Landscaping in Salty Soils

Plants struggle in saline soils. Salts burn plant roots and contribute to poor aeration and poor drainage. Select plants that tolerate this harsh environment, irrigate deeply and mulch plants.
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Growing a Pollinator Garden

We can support local bee populations by planting a pollinator garden. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely use pesticides.
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Download presentation, and handouts: Perennials by Flowering Season and NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification

Planting Trees in North Dakota

Planting trees

When planted properly, trees can live far beyond our lifetimes, providing shade and beauty. If planted incorrectly, trees become a liability or die prematurely. This publication describes types of tree stock, timing considerations, planting methods and post-planting care.
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